[Worldkings] Top 50 creative minds in the world (P. 49) Arooj Aftab (Pakistan): A unique musical talent creates novel music style breaking all traditional boundaries


(Worldkings.org) Arooj Aftab is widely regarded as a highly creative musician and composer, known for her ability to seamlessly blend traditional Pakistani music with modern Western influences.

Arooj Aftab (born March 11, 1985) is a Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, and producer from Pakistan. Arooj Aftab has been making waves in the music industry with her unique style that blends traditional Pakistani music with modern Western influences. Aftab's music has been described as a blend of jazz fusion, jazz, electronica, neo-Sufi, folk, Hindustani classical, classical music, indie pop, minimalism, and acoustic music.


Aftab was born in Pakistan and grew up in Saudi Arabia before moving to the United States to pursue her music career. Growing up, she was exposed to a wide range of musical influences, including classical Pakistani music, jazz, and electronic music. These diverse influences would later become a hallmark of her music, which combines elements of these different genres to create something truly original.

Aftab is a skilled multi-instrumentalist who plays instruments such as the sitar, guitar, and synthesizer. She is also a talented vocalist who often uses her voice as an instrument, incorporating intricate vocal harmonies and experimental vocal techniques into her compositions. Her music is characterized by its haunting melodies, intricate harmonies, and poetic lyrics, and she is known for her ability to create a sense of intimacy and introspection in her music.


One of Aftab's most notable achievements is her critically acclaimed album "Vulture Prince," which was released in 2021. The album explores themes of identity, heritage, and belonging and features collaborations with a diverse range of musicians, including jazz drummer Greg Fox and electronic music producer FaltyDL. "Vulture Prince" has been praised for its unique blend of traditional Pakistani music and modern Western influences, and it has earned Aftab a reputation as one of the most innovative and creative musicians working today.

Barack Obama selected the song "Mohabbat" from this album as one of his summer playlist favorites for 2021. Aftab was nominated for the Best New Artist award and won the Best Global Music Performance award for her song "Mohabbat" at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in April 2022. She became the first-ever Pakistani artist to win a Grammy Award.


On the 75th diamond jubilee anniversary of Pakistan, President Arif Alvi awarded to Aftab, the Pride of Performance Award, the highest literary award for showing excellence in the field of art and music.


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